This is to certify that I was a part of Himalayan Dash self driving adventure trip from Shimla to Lehorganised by Cougar Motorsport led by Ashish Gupta and his capable team during the summer of 2016 (2nd to 12th July 2016). To say that this was one of the most memorable road trips of my life would be an understatement! I made some amazing friends and the team spirit and bonhomie amongst all the participants (all of whom I met for the first time) was unbelievable. I am well into my sixties and for me, it was a dream come true and it helped to tick one of my bucket lists!!
In this context, I must complement Ashish and his wonderful team who were there each step of the way, allaying any and all concerns of the participants, ensuring that all medical and logistics support were meticulously organised and practically all our creature comforts were impeccably taken care of. As one can imagine, with 15 odd cars and more than 40 odd participants in such a gruelling and harsh mountainous terrain with some of the highest passes in the world, it does take its toll on both men (women) and machines. However, it was the thorough and impeccable preparation of the Cougar Motorsport team combined with passion and warm personal touch which saw the entire expedition conclude successfully with no major issues. With regard to stay and food arrangements, what I found refreshing was the fact that you actually get what is being promised – so there are no bad surprises. The hotels in Mashobra and Leh were amongst the best and even the camping locations were lots of fun and very well organised. Ashish himself is a thorough professional and that professionalism (combined with passion and care) has been inculcated and is pervasive in his entire team.
Based on my personal experience, I would strongly recommend any event organised by Cougar Motorsport for any adventure enthusiast.